Grand Ole Opry / Cracker Barrel Collection – Classic Hits

by Chuck Dauphin

Cracker Barrel has done a great job at helping to preserve the history of the Grand Ole Opry with their new four-CD series, the Grand Ole Opry Classics collection. In this final installment that we look at some of the all-time greats of the radio show performing the songs that might not have brought them all to the dance, but at least kept them there for many years.

Leading off the package is Tammy Wynette’s immortal “Stand By Your Man,” and continues through such classics as “Ring Of Fire” from Johnny Cash, and “Crazy” from Patsy Cline, all three which stand as songs that define the format.

George Jones, an Opry member since 1969, appears next with “The Race Is On,” and makes way for Loretta Lynn to entertain the crowd with her autobio “Coal Miners’ Daughter.”

Needless to say, there’s not a lot of surprises on the disc, but with titles like “Green Green Grass Of Home” (Porter Wagoner), “For The Good Times” (Ray Price), and “Elvira” (new Opry inductees the Oak Ridge Boys), there shouldn’t be. This is the cream of the crop, or as WSM / Opry emcee Eddie Stubbs might say, “Nothin’ But The Honey.”

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